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  • SOCIAL SECURITY: 78 Years Later, a Promise to Seniors and the Vulnerable that Endures

    Seventy-eight years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, making a promise to America’s seniors to help them retire with the dignity and security they earned through a lifetime of hard work. Social Security has provided millions of Americans a level of stability for not only retirees, but also for individuals with disabilities and those receiving survivor benefits.

    Today, I am proud to stand with President Obama as we continue to fulfill the promise made so many years ago. Democrats remain committed to preserving and protecting Social Security for millions of seniors across the country and for future generations of Americans. We believe that a sustainable retirement does not just have to be a benefit for the privileged few, but for all hard-working Americans.  This assistance helps make sure seniors can pay their bills, buy groceries, and purchase life-saving medications.

    Seventy-eight years later, Social Security continues to ensure Americans can live with the dignity they deserve—part of the vision that if you work hard and put in your time, you have earned the basic benefits of a secure future. I stand by the President as we work to continue that vision, and live up to the promises made to our nation’s seniors by fighting to strengthen and protect their hard-earned benefits.

  • See how the GOP sequester is hurting communities nationwide

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

  • This election is personal

    If you ask supporters from Sioux City to Miami why they support President Obama, they'll tell you stories about their kids, their grandkids, their student loan debt. "2008 was historic; 2012 is personal" is more than a campaign catchphrase—it's a reality for so many folks like Jack, who stopped by a Gotta Vote event near his home in Coconut Creek, Florida, yesterday. This year really is personal.

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  • Seniors in The Villages phone bank for Barack

    Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver stopped by a standing-room-only senior-to-senior phone bank in The Villages, Florida, this morning on the Gotta Vote bus tour. Florida is one of the key battleground states in this election, and the race remains close—but seniors here know who's fighting for them, and it's not the guy who's planning to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program.

    Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver stopped by a standing-room-only senior-to-senior phone bank in The Villages, Florida, this morning on the Gotta Vote bus tour. Florida is one of the key battleground states in this election, and the race remains close—but seniors here know who's fighting for them, and it's not the guy who's planning to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program.

    "I don't know how a senior citizen in the state of Florida could vote for [Mitt Romney]," said Culver. "I just don't know how. He's telling you right now, along with his running mate, that they're going to turn Medicare into a voucher system. That voucher system could come up at least $6,000–$7,000 short. Do you all have an extra $6,000–7,000 lying around each year for the next five, 10, 20 years? This is an issue I care about, you care about, my mother cares about, my father cares about. This guy is wrong, and Florida, you can' t let him win."

    Seniors aren't just fighting for Medicare. They're fighting for a president who's not going to write them off as dependent victims.

    "I would be ashamed if I were Romney," says Nancy, who participated in today's senior-to-senior phone bank. "The rest of us struggle all the time. I'm in one of the groups he calls the 47 percent. If we didn't have Social Security and Medicare, we would be bankrupt. My husband and I would be bankrupt. That's just how simple it is.

    "He doesn't have a clue about what people go through to pay the bills and save a little bit."

    Don't let Romney win.

    Commit to vote

  • Counting on us to vote

    As Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told Waterloo, Iowa, ''President Obama is counting on us to make sure we continue to move forward together.''

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

    "President Obama is counting on us to make sure we continue to move forward together.

    "Students who can’t afford to go to college unless we keep making college affordability a top priority are counting on us.

    "Seniors who can’t afford to buy their life-saving prescription medications without Obamacare are counting on us.

    "Middle-class families who are working hard every day to put a roof over their families’ heads and put food on the table are counting on us.

    "Remember: It was the hard work, the incredible passion and the amazing energy of Americans like you that helped put President Obama over the top in 2008.

    "Now we need you to channel that momentum and give everything you've got to doing it again on November 6."

    Gotta vote.

  • In His Own Words

    Let's let Mitt Romney speak for himself about who it's his job to worry about. (Hint: it's only about half the country!)
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